Iran Unrest Escalates, 10 People Killed

President Rouhani. Photo: IRNA
President Rouhani. Photo: IRNA

Thousands of Iranians are protesting across the country against government corruption, increasing unemployment, and the economic slowdown while the government has decided to deal with the protesters with an iron fist.

Reports suggest that at least 10 people have been killed in scuffles with the security forces that have warned people to stay peaceful.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatam said that “people’s demands could be met under peace, security and order in the framework of the law.”

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Iran’s official news agency, General Hatami said Monday that the world arrogance and enemies of Iran are after creating insecurity and instability in the country.

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It is believed that Iran is blaming the U.S. President Donald Trump for provoking Iranians for protests. Trump said Sunday that the people of Iran are getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism.

“Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations (in Iran),” Trump said.

“One who calls Iranian nation terrorist, has no right to sympathize with our people,” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani responded to Trump’s remarks. He advised the ministers and officials to address people’s problems.

While the violence is expected to increase, Reuters reports that unsigned statements posted on social media urged Iranians to demonstrate again in the capital Tehran and 50 other urban centres.

The report adds that protesters want Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and described the government being run by thieves.

Photo courtesy: IRNA

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